New York is the first state to ban cat declawing

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If you’re against declawing cats, you’ll be happy to know that New York has just passed state legislation that makes declawing illegal. This means that it would be the first state to outlaw the practice.

If you’re not aware of what it is – declawing is the practice of removing a cat’s claws in order to prevent scratching. According to the Humane Society, the process usually involves removing the last bone of each toe on the cat’s paw. Activists say that declawing is an extremely painful and very needless process to subject a cat too. The Humane Society recommends that the procedure should only be reserved for dire circumstances, like when the cat’s health is affected.

Linda Rosenthal, a New York State Assembly member, is the main sponsor of bill A01303. Rosenthal has previously proposed similar legislation for several sessions going back as far as 2015.

The
bill now will go to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

If
the bill becomes law, the penalty for declawing a cat will be a fine “not to
exceed $1,000.” The bill will also make exceptions for “therapeutic purpose(s),”
such as treatments of illnesses or diseases.

Rosenthal
provided a statement to CNN, saying, “Declawing a cat is not like getting
a mani/pedi, it’s a brutal surgical procedure that involves removing the first
bone of the cat’s toe and part of the tendons and muscles. Now that New York is
poised to become the first state in the nation to ban cat declawing, the days
when this procedure is cavalierly offered for the convenience of the owners to
protect couches and curtain are numbered.”

Rosenthal has a history of sponsoring animal rights-related legislation, which including bills which aim to curtail the sale of cats, dogs and other pets in pet stores, as well as the creation of an animal abuse registry.

Despite
general opposition of declawing, there are some veterinary professionals who
are arguing the practice shouldn’t be outlawed.

The New York State
Veterinary Medical Society
 opposes the measure, saying that
there are some situations that require declawing.

“Many
doctors direct that their patients have their cats declawed when they are
immuno-compromised, diabetic, hemophiliac, on immune suppressing medication,
and for various other medical reasons,” said a statement provided to CNN from the
NYSVMS.

“NYSVMS
believes a veterinarian, as a licensed medical professional with the education
and knowledge to safely perform medical procedures on animals, should be
permitted to make medical decisions after direct consultation with a client and
a thorough examination of the patient and its home circumstances.”

Declawing is illegal in a few countries, as well as a few cities across the US like Denver and San Francisco. A similar bill looking to ban declawing statewide is currently making its way through California’s legislature.

Story Source: Online

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